iOS 7 download release date arrives

7. Refreshed interface/customisable skins The iOS interface has been the same since day one and is due an upgrade. While we don't think Apple will carry out a complete overhaul of the interface, refreshed icons and new ways of navigating could be more likely.

We'd also like to see Apple offering users different themes that can be applied without having to go to the App Store, so users can customise their handsets.

6. Widgets/Interactive icons Apple has been an opponent of widgets, claiming they are not necessary when you have apps.

The firm is unlikely to start rolling them out. Perhaps, it is more realistic that it will introduce interactive icons where a long press on will bring up a preview of the app so you can quickly glance at the latest email, for example.

5. Quick settings in the notifications menu One thing which is far superior in Android is the notifications menu. Apple has already "borrowed" the drop down list to show emails, texts and other notifications, and it would be a good idea to add a quick settings portion to this.

This would prevent users from having to go into the "Settings" menu to execute simple commands such as turning on/off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connections.

4. Improved multitasking iOS doesn't quite have full blown multitasking, which is also available in Android. Apple has stuck with "app switching", which allows users to cycle between open apps after double tapping the home button.

This isn't that intuitive and we'd like to see Apple offering up full app previews. We'd also like the ability to run two apps side-by-side on devices such as the iPad. Being able to browse the internet and read email, for example, would be an invaluable feature.

3. Actionable notifications Instead of having to open up full applications when you receive a notification such as a text message, it would be great to be able to tap a "reply", quickly fire off a response and get back to what you were doing. Similarly it would be good to have an "accept" button in the notification.

2. Battery saver mode The battery life on the iPad has generally been strong, but the iPhone has been plagued with issues.

A battery saver mode that automatically kicks in when the level hits the 20 per cent mark would be ideal. Better yet, would be a system that allows users to optimise performance when the battery is low.

1. Enhanced keyboard The keyboard has long been the worst feature of iOS devices. It's too basic, and simple tasks such as changing the position of the cursor or copying and pasting can cause frustration.

There are many concept videos out there, but it's these additions to the iOS keyboard, from Daniel Hooper, which we would like to see most:

(This article was originally published on 26/04/13 and updated on 09/06/13 as Apple's developer conference neared and then again on 10/06/13 following the WWDC keynote. It was updated again on 01/07/13 and 22/07/13 to include further details about the release date of iOS 7, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 ( and then again on 10/09/13 as Apple's iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch event confirmed release and other iOS 7 details).

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.